We are Alessio Soro Delgado and Alina Mancuso; together, we make up the Bohémiens Cultural Association. We are active in several fields within the context of the performing arts. We have embarked on this common path a few years ago, in order to develop a shared vision of our work as artists, and a shared language for expressing our ideas. Cool, huh? Ok, here comes the less poetic part: we need your help in order to do this. We wish our message would reach out to you with all the importance we think it has. Your support is important – not only is it the resource that will allow us to give life to our ideas, it will also mean that someone believes in us, in the significance of our project, and in the importance of promoting it.
WHAT IS ‘PRIVACY’
PRIVACY is an idea that took shape in 2013 in the mind of screenwriter Alessio Soro Delgado.
“The input came a couple of years ago. I was at my partner’s place and I connected to the web with my smartphone from her home network. The following day, on my way back home, I made a Google search and visited a website. I called her to show her what I had seen, so I asked her to run the same search, which she did, only to find that the site had apparently already been visited by her computer. Who had opened that page? My IP address had set up a connection with her wi-fi network, which was now permanently connected to my smartphone network, so that all I did with my IP left a trace there.
We fail to realize that, simply by communicating through the Internet, we are compelled to provide our data; once they are stored, you may be tracked. Gradually, a dreadful interleaving net builds up, blurring the distinction between public and private. A profile on a social network is private: we believe the things we share will stay private, because only those who know us will be able to see them. Now, this may be the case for someone who can’t use the Internet, like myself; but for those who know how to use the Internet medium, that profile is a public one. There is no need to be friends with someone in order to retrieve data. Besides, we end up encouraging this storage of information about ourselves because of the way we use the social networks. Sharing is the whole point of social networks, yet in my opinion this should not go as far as harming one’s personal freedom. We all feel free to share everything because we think we can do it anonymously, but we can’t. The very word ‘social’ clashes with anonymity: if something is social, it is public.
This inner contradiction is precisely the point that usually goes unnoticed, because all of this has become normal. And that’s frightening, because it means there is no more privacy. What is privacy? It’s not about standing behind the yellow line at the post office counter: in fact, we do expect that kind of privacy to be respected, yet at the same time we post pictures of our moments of intimacy. Which is just as much of a privacy violation, for it does break into our private life. We choose it ourselves, but that choice backfires on us sooner or later, because – unfortunately − someone who knows how to look for things will eventually find them: whenever I surf the Internet, I make a PERMANENT connection with every site I visit, up to the point when we all belong to one big network. Then I can easily find my way to a person by following the traces on the web.
The goal of this project is to say that the concept of privacy has been demolecularized – in fact, destroyed. PRIVACY is precisely about the eradication of privacy, the obliteration of our sphere of intimacy, and the takeover of private space by a public arena which knocks down the walls and lays bare the inside of our homes, where privacy is supposed to be. Thanks to the Internet, we have let everybody in. And the moderate arena outside has given way to our chaotic screen, which we can enjoy while sitting comfortably on the sofa. We act and live in one big street, an open-air market where the louder you shout, the more you sell. You may have anything you want on the web, because everything is on sale; but in order to sell, you need to know the habits of the buyers. And this can be done simply by setting up temporary Internet connections.”
So, what is privacy? Are we sure we can protect it? In the movie we will see a typical family preparing for a normal working and school day. The whole house wakes up. At the same time, a group of bizarre characters wakens, too, and invades the family privacy. Who gave them access to the front door? And what do these odd characters want from this family? And why does this family behaves as if everything was normal? Imagine the Internet taking human form and all the invisible connections – and the information passing through them – coming alive. This is PRIVACY. A travel through the reality we are living and accepting day by day, a travel through bizarre situations, which are nothing but the surreal transposition of everyday life. Therefore, is this reality bizarre itself? Help us to realize our project and you'll discover it!
But first of all, let's take a deeper look into the matter of our short film…
Cookies are pieces of information that are stored on your computer hard drive and sent by your Web browser over the Internet to a Web server to monitor your Web surfing habits.
“Cookies enable web sites to monitor their users' web surfing habits and profile them for marketing purposes (for example, to find out which products or services they are interested in and send them targeted advertisements).”
“A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user's hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a web site. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user's identification card, which tells a web site when the user has returned.”
“[…] cookies can be used to identify individual users, so they may be used by web sites to analyse users' surfing behaviour within the web site. These cookies can also be used to provide information about numbers of visitors, the average time spent on a particular page and generally the performance of the web site. They are usually configured to keep track of users for a prolonged period of time, in some cases many years into the future.”
Practically, a map of our tastes, of our daily habits and of our tastes relating to our daily habits. The Web browser knows all of this! The Cookies blabbed it! And blabbers, as anyone knows, can reach everyone’s ear, including a prowler, that is the hacker.
So, where does our Internet privacy begins? And where does it ends? Are we victims of a system or do we like to be lulled by doing everything “in the comfort of our own home”? Which is the price? This matter concerns everyone of us, even if maybe we are not all aware of it, and it enters our homes day by day.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE:
We are going to shoot PRIVACY, our short film, at the beginning of November. At the present moment, we are ending the pre-production, that is finding locations, casting calls, the forming of the film crew, shooting schedule, costumes selection, make-up trials, etc… Soon we will be ready for the real period of production: the set. And it is exactly to have all the tools needed to go through this step that we are asking your precious help. In particular, thanks to your donations we will cover:
- equipment rental,
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Associazione Culturale Bohémiens
L’Associazione Culturale Bohémiens nasce nel 2012 e opera in diversi ambiti artistici, tutti inerenti al mondo dello spettacolo. Tra questi, il cinema. L'intento è esprimere la nostra arte, le nostre idee, e dare voce alla nostra visione delle cose. Troppo ardito? Forse no. Forse basta cercare di dare vita a questa voce, usando le regole senza rimanere intrappolati. Noi ci proviamo.
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